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Shepherd: C.43-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, III (Possibly)




Earthenware figure of a shepherd with his dog decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded in parts, assembled, and decorated with translucent blue-tinted, and dark green, yellow and purplish-brown lead-glazes. The glazes are rather crudely applied, and there is an unglazed area on the viewer's right at the back of the base. The shepherd stands beside a tree stump on a roughly circular base with Rococo style scrolled and frilled sides and grassy top; the underside is hollow and unglazed. A sheep dog is seated beside him in front of the stump. The shepherd's left hand is raised to just above shoulder level, and his right arm and hand are extended towards the right. The crook originally in his left hand is missing. His hair is tied back in a bunch at the back, and he wears a round hat with a turned up brim, a pale blue shirt under a green unbuttoned jacket, yellow breeches, and brown shoes. A yellow bag is slung at his left side by means of a strap attached to his right shoulder by a brooch A brown cloak extends downwards from that shoulder to the back of the base.


History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); sold Sotheby's, 14th November 1930, Catalogue of the Valuable Collections of English Pottery & Porcelain, Glass, Objects of Vertu and Furniture, the Property of the late John Henry Taylor, Esq., Newstead, Birstall, Leicestershire, lot 601

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Sotheby's


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1785 - Circa 1800


Probably made in the factory of Ralph Wood II, or possibly his son, Ralph Wood III.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( slightly tinted blue, and more strongly coloured green, yellow, and brown)
Base Depth 8.6 cm Width 8 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded in parts and assembled, and decorated with translucent blue-tinted, and darker green, yellow and purplish-brown lead-glazes.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1930
Primary reference Number: 75068
Glaisher Addition number: Gl.Add.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 28 March 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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